No matter your age, gender, ethnicity, or any other differentiating factor, our countries Core Democratic Values bring us together as one and do not discriminate. These values were first expressed through Thomas Jefferson’s words in the Declaration of Independence along with multiple other writings throughout his time in office. Over the last centuries since our country was founded, the Core Democratic Values have been passed along and taught to most children in K-7th grade. This helps hold our nation together and give everyone common ideals to share and agree upon. Even though many of us are bound to remember most of them from our childhood classrooms, it’s important to refresh our memory on what it truly is that binds the nation we live in.
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
What some may say is the most beautiful and important of all the Core Democratic Values: the right to life. Often times it can be difficult for some to remember that everyone in this country has the equal right to life and nobody’s life is more important than another’s whether they’re a millionaire or homeless. With this also comes the importance of your own life and the freedom to use deadly force to protect your own or another’s life.
The right to liberty and happiness comes hand in hand with our right to life. Every one of us in the United States has the freedom to act as we choose, believe what we want to believe and have economic freedom without limitations. The ability to find happiness in whatever we choose is a given right in our nation but it is all with the obligation to not encroach on the rights of others.